PhD fellowship in Microalgae engineering, Dynamo Center

A 3-year PhD fellowship is available at DynaMo Center (, a Center of Excellence within plant biology financed by the Danish National Research Foundation. The Center is located at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The PhD position commences 1 May 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project description

Unicellular microalgae have emerged as novel microbial hosts with the potential of revolutionizing the production of monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutic proteins. However, commercial utilization is hampered by difficulties in achieving economically feasible cell-densities in production systems. Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is used to pioneer research into developing microalgae for high-value protein production. In this project we are curious to learn why this model microalgae is unable to utilize external sources of sugar for growth.

This project will combine microalgae molecular biology, biochemistry, fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry.

Principal supervisor is Associate Professor Hussam H. Nour-Eldin, email, telephone (+45) 35333698.

Job description 

Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in congresses
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Formal requirements

  • A master’s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • A strong motivation for the application.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates 

A strong background in molecular biology (e.g. design and generation of expression constructs) and protein characterization techniques (e.g. western blot).

  • Experience in- or are excited about learning microalgae carbohydrate metabolism
  • Knowledge on transport protein biology
  • The grade point average achieved in undergraduate studies
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous publications
  • Language skills

The successful candidate will have significant freedom and guidance in a creative and stimulating, international research environment.  Outstanding candidates wishing to be trained in holistic thinking and forefront technologies are cordially invited to apply.

Further information on the Department is linked at

Inquiries about the position and the project can be made to Associate Professor Hussam H. Nour-Eldin, email, telephone (+45) 35333698.

Terms of employment 

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 321,054 including annual supplement (+ pension). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Place of work

The main place of work will be at the DynaMo Center, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen at Frederiksberg Campus, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark. International travel in relation to conferences, meetings and experiments will be part of the position.

Application Procedure 

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include:

  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for the application.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • 1-3 professional references, please include full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email)
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 26 Feb 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.  

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at


For specific information about the PhD fellowship, please contact the principal supervisor.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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Deadline: 26 February 2019
Unit: Det Natur- og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet
Campus: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Tuesday February 26th, 2019